Microsoft has announced, to the dismay of many users, that they will be discontinuing support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. The imminent discontinuation of support for the fabled operating system has drummed up a lot of questions from clients. There are various opinions on the subject, but I believe the article at the end of this post does a good job explaining what is happening, and some bad and better ways to handle the situation.
Keep in mind, if you are running XP in a business, I believe that you are at greater risk. Also, if you are running server 2003 or before, it may be wise to upgrade the server to at least 2008, or maybe make the move to the cloud.
The referenced article explains that upgrading to Windows 7 is one of the best options moving forward. You will not be able to walk into your local Best Buy and purchase a Windows 7 install disc. Nor will you find a computer pre-loaded with Windows 7. Some stores like Micro Center or Frys may have some of either laying around, but it is not a guarantee. For the business crowd, you can still order business-class workstations with Windows 7 from both Dell and HP through Best Buy and other retailers, so there is an option there.
Head on over to Yahoo Tech and read what I will not duplicate further. https://www.yahoo.com/tech/still-on-windows-xp-heres-some-bad-advice-80911845810.html?soc_src=mags